City councilman J. David Thomas

Thomas family commits $12,000 to SYCC expansion in memory of Michael Zebuhr

BUCKHANNON – Thanks to two large donations – one from a local corporation and another from the family of a longtime city councilman – the Stockert Youth & Community Center’s capital campaign has topped $260,000, Buckhannon City Council learned Thursday.

At its most recent meeting on Dec. 20, Mayor David McCauley announced the local branch of Weyerhaeuser Company had donated $10,000 to the campaign, which aims to raise at least $400,000 to build a new multi-use gymnasium/auditorium addition to the recently renamed SYCC.

In addition, David Thomas and his children recently decided to commit $12,000 to the campaign in honor of the late Michael Alexander Zebuhr, a Buckhannon-Upshur High School graduate who was close friends with Thomas’ son, John David, and his daughter, Kasie.

The two donations together total $22,000, putting the campaign at over $260,000 – well over the stated halfway mark of $200,000.

“We’ve received two more substantial capital campaign donations totaling $22,000 from councilman Thomas and Weyerhaeuser,” McCauley told council Thursday. “That puts us up over the $260,000 now for our capital campaign. Mr. Thomas, we commend you. Is there anything you’d like to say?”

Thomas said he and his family decided donating to the SYCC cause was an appropriate way to memorialize and honor the life of 25-year-old Zebuhr, who was fatally shot while visiting family in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, more than 10 years ago.

A graduate of Davis & Elkins College, Zebuhr had been completing doctoral work at Clemson University in South Carolina at the time of his death, according to Thomas and multiple media outlets.

Of his family’s decision, Thomas said, “Well, I think all of us in our lives need people that have an absolute positive impact on us and our families, and Michael Alexander Zebuhr was an individual that was outstanding. He was killed up in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, a number of years ago, and he was on a full fellowship for bio-sciences. He was best friends with my son, John David, my oldest daughter, Kasie, and also Evan Smith.

“We had talked about that we had wanted to memorialize him in a way that made sense for our community,” Thomas added. “He was an outstanding athlete at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, a wrestler and in football. He had three majors, and I can’t remember them right now, but they were in math, physics, biology and chemistry.

“He was a very smart young man. I think when we think of the capital campaign for Stockert and other organizations that mean a lot to us – whether it’s the Parish House or Salvation Army, or other organizations and churches and so forth – that there’s those of us that have had some resources and have been blessed in our lives, and if you can do something to help the community, I think that’s very important,” Thomas said, adding he “do more” in the future to support SYCC’s addition.

Thomas commended Weyerhaeuser on their $10,000 contribution as well.

“I’m hoping we can get this Stockert thing going fairly soon,” he remarked. “I want to thank the people who have committed funds to this, and I hope we’ll get a bunch more.”

McCauley noted SYCC’s 25th anniversary will take place in 2019.

The basic project is expected to cost roughly $400,000 and will be a separate facility from, but connected to, SYCC’s current location on East Main Street.

SHOPS & SERVICES

Featured

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Advanced Practice Providers

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized the contributions of their Advance Practice Providers (APP) during National Advanced Practice Week from September 26 to 30.  Jennifer Dorazio, Director of Ancillary Services and Ambulatory Clinics, personally

Fish Hawk Acres invites community to events this October

BUCKHANNON – Mark your calendar: Fish Hawk Acres will offer several exciting events this month. Experience the fun and fine dining of Fish Hawk Acres through their Wine Clubs and Farm Dinner Series. Register for

A ‘Dicken’s Christmas’ coming to downtown Buckhannon this holiday season

BUCKHANNON – Buckhannon will go back in time this holiday season to celebrate a Dicken’s Christmas this December. Becki Westfall attended the Sept. 22 Consolidated Public Works meeting to request street closures and the use of Jawbone Park for a […]

There’s more to this story! Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to daily, in-depth local news that matters to you. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES

BUHS Girls Soccer Feature Image

Soccer Lady Bucs down Brooke

WELLSBURG – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc soccer team went 1-2 during a three-game stretch on the road. Last Saturday, the Lady Bucs suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of George Washington and followed that up with a 3-0 loss […]

There’s more to this story! Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to daily, in-depth local news that matters to you. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Football Little Bucs roll past Tucker Valley, 38-14

TENNERTON – Brody McDaniels threw for two touchdowns and 84 yards as the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Bucs cruised to a 38-14 win over visiting Tucker Valley Thursday night at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium. Going to a spread offense […]

There’s more to this story! Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to daily, in-depth local news that matters to you. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Falkenstein and Shreve run one and two as Lady Bucs win Polar Bear Invitational

FAIRMONT – Lydia Falkenstein and Samantha Shreve ran first and second to lead the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc cross country team to a victory in the five-team Polar Bear Invitational Saturday afternoon. Falkenstein clocked a winning time of 18:22.9, while Shreve […]

There’s more to this story! Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to daily, in-depth local news that matters to you. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Advanced Practice Providers

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized the contributions of their Advance Practice Providers (APP) during National Advanced Practice Week from September 26 to 30.  Jennifer Dorazio, Director of Ancillary Services and Ambulatory Clinics, personally